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Simple Tomato Confit

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This Simple Tomato Confit recipe is a flavorful dish of slow-baked tomatoes with herbs, garlic, and oil.

The term “confit” is a French term and refers to a food that is slowly cooked over a long period. It is a method of preservation but today instead of jarring these beautifully baked tomatoes we will be enjoying them as a simple but beautiful side dish.

I like to serve this dish with crusty bread slices so that people can slather the warm baked tomatoes on a slice of it to enjoy. Making a confit might seem fancy enough and surely it has a lovely presentation. But I assure you that by making this, you will see how the idea of simple food. Can be the most delicious. Or maybe that is just my opinion. But it seems to ring true in this case.

As the summer goes on, tomatoes are a highlight for most. Even if you just pick them up from a local farm stand. Summertime tomatoes are like nothing else. Bursting with flavor, sweet and juicy. Delicious raw or cooked they are something to look forward to.

This recipe can be enjoyed whether or not you grow your own. However, I do recommend that when you pick your tomatoes try to pick them up from a farm stand. Or find good quality ones that are possibly vine-ripened. It does make a difference.

What is a Confit

Sounds fancy right? This traditional French cooking method originally referred to any type of food that was slow-cooked over a long period of time as a method for persevering. However, in more recent times it is mostly referring to something that is slow cooked in fat but not necessarily as a method for preservation.

Why I Love This Simple Tomato Confit

I love making this especially when I have guests. It is a beautiful but simple side dish that I can make up ahead of time. With the baking time set to a low and slow style. I can pop it into the oven and go about making the other dishes.

There are several ways to use the leftovers for this dish so nothing goes wasted as it is a pretty versatile side dish. Below you can several ways to enjoy this Simple Tomato Confit. The presentation of this freshly baked tomato dish is always impressive. Especially when served with freshly baked bread.

to enjoy your Simple Tomato Confit as a side dish. Might I recommend a few fresh baked bread choices to serve? Sticking with the theme of easy this No Knead Artisan Loaf is one of the easiest loaves of bread that results in a delicious rustic loaf. One that works well with this Simple Tomato Confit.


If sourdough is your preference and you have a starter. This Sourdough Artisan Loaf recipe is a great one to try. It does require the use of an active fed starter however, it is one of the most straightforward sourdough recipes I have tried.

Be sure to check out Other Ways to Enjoy this Simple Tomato Confit below for my favorite ways to enjoy this dish.

What You Will Need To Make It

1 bundle green onions

6 garlic cloves

4 sprigs fresh Rosemary

3 bundles of fresh oregano

3 lbs of vine ripe tomatoes

olive oil

sea salt

cracked black pepper

Directions

Begin by washing and drying the tomatoes.

Remove the stems and take a knife to cut out the top core portion.

tomato being cored with a knife

Slice each tomato in half. Place them cut side down in a baking dish.

sliced tomatoes being placed inside baking dish

Chop the green onions and spread them on top of the tomatoes.

chopping green onions on a cutting board
sprinkling green onions onto tomatoes in a baking dish for simple tomato confit

Sprinkle generously with sea salt and cracked black pepper.

sprinkling salt on to tomato confit in a baking dish

Place the sprigs of Rosemary atop the tomatoes (as pictured). Roughly chop the oregano and sprinkle it over as well. Smash and peel all the garlic cloves.

chopping oregano on a cutting board

Tuck the smashed garlic slices between the tomatoes (as pictured)

Last but not least liberally pour the olive oil across all the contents making sure to coat each tomato.

drizzling olive oil onto simple tomato confit

Bake at 275℉ for 1 1/2 hours. Serve alone as a side dish or pair with a fresh loaf of artisan bread or better yet, a sourdough loaf.

Other Ways to Enjoy

  • Toss the baked tomato mixture into your favorite pasta for a delicious fresh-tasting pasta dish.
  • Use as a topping to chicken or other meats.
  • Make fresh croutons and toss them together with the tomatoes for Panzanella-style salad (bread and tomato salad).
  • Simple Tomato Confit reheats well the next day. So go ahead and enjoy it just as it is, once more.

FAQ

Can I use cherry tomatoes?

Yes! Cherry tomatoes work great for this dish. As do beefsteak, heirloom, and even Roma’s. For this recipe, I am suggesting vine ripened for the freshness factor. But any fresh tomato and especially homegrown will do just fine.

How do I store Simple Tomato Confit?

The best way to store it in the fridge is in an air-tight container. Tomato Confit will keep for about a week.

Can I use a baking sheet?

If you don’t have a baking dish or a casserole-style dish to use, I would suggest using a skillet over a baking sheet as the juices and olive oil may spill out due to the low lip on a baking sheet. However, if a baking sheet is all you have, I would recommend lining the bottom rack of your oven with some foil for spillage.

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Simple Tomato Confit

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

a delicious baked tomato dish with herbs, garlic and olive oil

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs vine ripe tomatoes
  • 4 springs fresh Rosemary
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 3 sprigs of fresh oregano
  • olive oil
  • sea salt and cracked black pepper
  • 1 bundle greeen onions

Instructions

  1. Begin by washing and drying the tomatoes.
  2. Take a knife and core them just around the stem part.
  3. Slice each tomato in half. Place them cut side down in a baking dish.
  4. Sprinkle them generously with sea salt and cracked black pepper.
  5. Chop the green onions and sprinkle them on top.
  6. Place the sprigs of Rosemary atop the tomatoes (as pictured).
  7. Roughly chop the oregano and sprinkle it over as well.
  8. Smash and peel all the garlic cloves.
  9. Place the broken pieces of garlic evenly over the tomatoes.
  10. Last but not least liberally pour the olive oil across all the contents making sure to coat each tomato.
  11. Bake at 275℉ for 1 1/2 hours.

Notes

Tools You May Need:

A baking pan or casserole dish

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 76Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 115mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 4gSugar: 7gProtein: 2g

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